Home Care Re-ablement Services: Investigating the Longer-term Impacts (prospective longitudinal study)

Caroline Glendinning, Karen Jones, Kate Baxter, Parvaneh Rabiee, Alison Wilde, Hilary Arksey, Lesley Curtis, Julien Forder (2010)



Re-ablement is a new, short-term intervention in English home care. It helps users to regain confidence and relearn self-care skills and aims to reduce needs for longer-term support. Research by the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York and the Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent examined the immediate and longer-term impacts of home care re-ablement, the cost-effectiveness of the service, and the content and organisation of re-ablement services. People who received home care re-ablement were compared with a group receiving conventional home care services, both groups were followed for up to one year. The study found that: * Re-ablement was associated with a significant decrease in subsequent costs of social care service use * Re-ablement had positive impacts on users' health-related quality of life and social care-related quality of life, in comparison with users of conventional home care services * Using the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence cost-effectiveness threshold, re-